Professional Development Resources

*NEW* FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please click here and log-in to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Aslo be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy.

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division. Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: JoJo Wray
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Labor and Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office: Judy Mott
  • Strategic Initiatives: Ethan Hamblin

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form. Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

P-Card and Travel Report Training and Implementation of Online System

The office of Financial Affairs is pleased to announce that the College is in the process of changing our p-card and travel reporting to a combined online platform. The change is scheduled to take effect May 1, 2018. Due to the timing and magnitude of this implementation, we have made every effort to offer as many training opportunities as possible. Additional on-site training sessions will be available early next fall semester. More details regarding these sessions will be sent at a later date.

As part of this change, the College will migrate from the VISA platform for p-cards, Intellilink, and the current manual paper travel reporting to a new combined Banner integrated platform, Chrome River. These training sessions will provide an overview of the Chrome River platform, as well as, updates to the applicable College policies that relate to the change in processes. Attendees will be able to ask questions and see a demonstration using live data from Berea College. Below is a list of the available dates/times for employees and supervisors to attend on-site training sessions:

  • Monday, April 23, 2018, 9 AM – 11 AM, The Commons, Woods-Penn
  • Monday, April 23, 2018, 2 PM – 4 PM, The Commons, Woods-Penn
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 9 AM – 11 AM, The Commons, Woods-Penn
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 2 PM – 4 PM, The Commons, Woods-Penn
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 9 AM – 11 AM, The Commons, Woods-Penn
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 2 PM – 4 PM, The Commons, Woods-Penn

Please use the following link to register for the training session of your choice.

In addition to the on-site training sessions, we are offering webinar options for those that are located off the main campus or wish to train from your office.  Below is a list of the available dates/times for employees and supervisors to attend webinar training sessions:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tammy Morgeson or Ashley Creekmoore.

Title IX Employee Events for Spring 2018

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Events

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) the Title IX Office has collaborated with partners on and off campus to bring to you this event calendar with activities and programs meant to create awareness about sexual assault and give people tools and knowledge on how to prevent it. Click here to see that calendar as accessible text. If you have any questions about the following events please contact Heather Dent at or call 859-985-3983.

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on sexual misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, how to report an incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. There is no need to RSVP. 

  • Tuesday, April 17 from 2-3:30 PM in the Carter G. Woodson Center, Alumni Building

Trainings at the Center for Career and Workforce Development at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU)

The Center for Career and Workforce Development at EKU has a variety of trainings available, including:

  • Basic Core Concepts I:  Core Concepts I provides participants the opportunity to learn vital skills needed to successfully supervise in today’s ever changing workplace.  This course is based around the following topics:  Learning your new role, Expectations of Supervision, Motivating and Coaching Others, and other critical issues.
  • Sexual Harassment:  A practicing attorney will discuss current issues that supervisors need to know for today’s workplace.
  • Creative Problem Solving:  Learn how to effectively apply creative techniques for problem solving while capitalizing on your own creative talents.
  • Excel 2013 Basic/Intermediate/Advanced:  Learn what Excel 2013 is and how to navigate it to customizing spreadsheets.
  • Customer Service:  This course will provide tips for dealing with difficult people, how to be assertive without appearing rude, and techniques for working with the public.
  • Motivating Employees:  Learn practical leadership skills to increase employee motivation and performance
  • Time Management:  Designed for anyone who wants to do a better job managing their time both in the workplace and at home
  • Conflict Management:  Use communication skills to defuse conflict and solve problems.
  • Generational Differences:  Learn how work behaviors result from values that may vary based upon generation, stage in career, and stage in life
  • Emotional Intelligence:  Understand how aware you are of your emotions as well as those of others, how to deal with negative emotions, and how to utilize positive emotions to improve performance.

2018 Spring Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018 Conflict Management
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 Generational Differences
  • Friday, May 25, 2018 Excel 2013 Advanced
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 Emotional Intelligence

If you have interest in any of these sessions please contact EKU and register for the session.  You can find more information at their website: Or contact them at: Workforce Education, 202 Perkins Building, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond, KY 40475-3102. Phone: (859) 622-8405. Fax: (859) 622-6205. Email:

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Alicestyne Turley ( (log-in through MyBerea portal)

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
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BC Staff Development, Spring 2018

April 25 (W)            Orientation Program for New Staff Employees
                                     (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

May 9 & 16 (W)     Intersection of Identity – Working well with others in a complex inter-cultural workplace

Please note – this workshop is presented over two sessions that occur a week apart. Attendance is required for both sessions.

  • Part 1 – May 9 (8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)
  • Part 2 – May 16 (8:30 a.m. to noon, Room 226 in Stephenson Hall)

For more information, contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436. To register for any of these workshops, please click the link, above.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups 

For more information email Sarah Broomfield at:

Participation in Community Reading Groups

Our most recent Mellon Grant focuses on the theme “belonging.” In her work, Belonging: A Culture of Place, bell hooks, Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, writes, “I believe that we can restore our hope in a world that transcends race by building communities where self-esteem comes not from feeling superior to any group but from one’s relationship to the land, to the people, and to the place.” To belong, she argues, “is to feel connected, balanced, self-restrained, generous, mutual, inclusive, and egalitarian.”

We will begin our fall semester in conversation with Dr. hooks (more details to follow) focusing on theme of belonging. For those interested in the book and conversation, please come by The Academic Vice President’s Office (Lincoln Hall, room 320) to sign for a copy of the book. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).